Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve

Durlston Country Park
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Durlston Country Park, National Nature Reserve and Castle, situated 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset, is a fabulous 280 acre countryside paradise, consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland.

With stunning views, walking trails, the historic Great Globe, superb geology, fascinating wildlife there is always something different to see and do.

Durlston Castle features interactive exhibits for all the family about the wildlife and geology of Durlston and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, while the Fine Foundation Gallery, within the Castle, host an everchanging series of art, craft, scientific or historical exhibtions and a varied programme of performance and other events.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

10.00am - 4.00 (1st Nov - Easter Holidays)
10.00am - 5.00 (Easter Holidays - 31st October)

Admission charges

N/A.

Getting there

By car or bike: From Swanage, follow the brown tourist information signs.

On foot: From Swanage town centre, follow the South West Coast Path or Victorian Trail signs

Bike racks are located in the car park nearest Durlston Castle

Additional info

An offroad wheelchair and Tramper electric buggies are available for less mobile visitors - to book or for more information, please call 01929 424443, visit www.durlston.co.uk or email info@durlston.co.uk

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Fine Foundation Gallery

Durlston and the Sea Exhibition

  • 16 December 2017 — 31 January 2018

Durlston and the Sea Exhibition

Find out about the wildlife & history hidden beneath the waves of our coast.

FREE

In the Fine Foundation Gallery 10.30am - 4pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Durlston Castle

Durlston Past Exhibition

  • 3 February — 3 March 2018

Durlston Past Exhibition:

Exhibition tracing the history of Durlston through the 20th Century, using photos and
recollections

In the Fine Foundation Gallery

Free entry.

Open Daily 10am-4pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Julian Sawyer

Purbeck: Up Close & Personal Exhibition

  • 6 — 21 March 2018

Purbeck: Up Close & Personal Exhibition

Local wildlife photographer Julian Sawyer walks the many paths that crisscross the Isle of Purbeck, getting close to its wildlife & taking photographs in its most natural form
without impacting on its day to day life.

In the Fine Foundation Gallery, Daily 10.30am – 4pm

FREE

Wedding at Durlston

Durlston Castle Spring Wedding Fair

  • 25 March 2018 10am-3pm

Durlston Castle Spring Wedding Fair

Explore this unique venue, find out about dates and meet the teams who could help
plan your special day! With local suppliers on hand to help you with finishing touches.

For details, please email events@ bluebayevents.co.u

Fine Foundation Gallery

Suitable for

  • Any age
Kevfin Ferrioli

‘Landing Among the Stars’: Exhibition of Night-time Photography

  • 30 March — 15 April 2018

‘Landing Among the Stars’: Exhibition of Night-time Photography

Witness the magic of the starry nights in Dorset & beyond captured by photographer
Kevin Ferrioli.

FREE

In the Fine Foundation Gallery

Daily 10.30am-5.00pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free of Charge

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking

  • 20 January 2018 10-11am
  • 3 February 2018 10-11am
  • 14 April 2018 10-11am

Join a local NWUK instructor to see how this fun activity can help you get fitter in the fresh air! No experience necessary, poles provided.

Please book through www.purbecknordicwalking.co.uk
or calling 03331234540.

Free

Meet at the Learning Centre

Durlston Castle

Wild Wednesdays at Durlston

  • 20 December 2017 11am-3pm
  • 27 December 2017
  • 14 February 2018 11am-3pm
  • 4 April 2018 11am-3pm
  • 11 April 2018 11am-3pm

Wild Wednesdays
Free drop-in craft activities for families in the Belvedere, Durlston Castle.

1..00am-3.00pm

Donations welcome

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Donations welcome

Stargazing

Stargazing at Durlston

  • 14 December 2017 From 7:30pm
  • 26 January 2018 From 7:30pm
  • 24 February 2018 From 7:30pm
  • 24 March 2018 From 8pm
  • 7 April 2018 From 8:30pm
  • 20 April 2018 From 8:30pm

Join the Wessex Astronomical Society for a short talk and the chance to use telescopes to view the sky at night.

October 27th: Moon, galaxies, star clusters, autumn constellations.

November 17th: Leonid meteors, galaxies, star clusters, autumn constellations.

November 25th: Moon, star clusters, nebulae,galaxies, autumn constellations.

December 14th: Geminid meteors, galaxies, star clusters, autumn & winter constellations.

January 26th: Moon, star clusters, galaxies, Orion Nebula, winter constellations.

February 24th: Moon, Orion Nebula, galaxies, spring constellations.

March 24th: Moon, star clusters, Orion Nebula, galaxies & spring constellations.

April 7th: Venus, star clusters, galaxies, spring constellations.

April 20th: Moon, Venus, nebulae, galaxies & spring constellations.


Meet at the Learning Centre.

Weather dependent - phone 01929 424443 on the day to confirm.

£3.00 per person.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per person.

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Julian Sawyer

‘Purbeck Footprints' Wildlife Photography Walk

  • 28 January 2018 From 10:30am
  • 25 February 2018 From 10:30am
  • 25 March 2018 From 10:30am
  • 29 April 2018 From 10:30am

Join wildlife photographer Julian Sawyer to develop' your photographic skills.
Please Book. £5

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5.00

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/index.php?nid=141&id=4

Bird

Bird Walks

  • 7 January 2018 From 10am
  • 11 February 2018 From 10am
  • 15 April 2018 From 2:30pm

November Bird Walk: Walk to look for winter birds.

January New Year Bird walk: Walk to look for winter birds.

February Bird Walk: Take a stroll with a Ranger to look for winter bird life.

April Bird Walk: Birds of the Cliffs Walk Discover life in Durlston’s internationally important seabird colonies.


Meet at the Castle. £3

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3

Durlston Castle

Glass Engraving Workshop

  • 16 December 2017 11am-12:30pm

Glass Engraving Workshop

Try the art of glass engraving & take home your masterpiece & create a unique glass Christmas card. No experience necessary, tools and glass provided.

Courses suitable for ages 8 to 80.

Please book. £10

Meet at the Learning Centre

Admission

£10

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Durlston Castle

Castle Tour

  • 16 January 2018 From 2:30pm
  • 30 January 2018 From 2:30pm
  • 13 February 2018 From 2:30pm
  • 27 February 2018 From 2:30pm
  • 13 March 2018 From 2:30pm
  • 10 April 2018 From 2:30pm

A free half hour tour of Durlston Castle.

“This event is suitable for people with Dementia and their carers and is supported by Stepping Into Nature and the Big Lottery Fund”

Meet at the Castle

Donations Welcome

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Donations Welcome

Durlston Castle

Drawing and Pen Workshop

  • 31 March 2018 11am-2pm

Draw in pencil, pen and ink.

Learn drawing skills & go home with your pieces of work. For beginners or improvers.

Please book. £20

In the Learning Centre

Admission

£20

Aviary Glade

Christmas Trail

  • 16 December 2017 — 1 January 2018

Christmas Trail

With Christmas quickly approaching come down to Durlston and get in the festive
spirit with our Christmas Trail

10.30-3.30.pm

£3

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3

Durlston Path

Dementia Friendly Stroll

  • 9 January 2018 From 2:30pm
  • 27 March 2018 From 2:30pm
  • 28 April 2018 From 2:30pm

Dementia Friendly Stroll

A gentle stroll for people with dementia and their carers.
Supported by Stepping Into Nature.

Donations welcome

Meet at the Learning Centre

Admission

Donations Welcome

Durlston Castle

Durlston Rocks! Geology Walk

  • 21 January 2018 From 2pm

Durlston Rocks! Geology Walk

Take a stroll to discover the stories written in the rocks.

Meet at the Castle

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3

DurlstonCountry Park

Durlston Past, Present and Future Walk

  • 4 February 2018

Durlston Past, Present and Future Walk

Discover Durlston’s curious Victorian past & exciting future.

Meet at Durlston Castle 2.00pm £3
.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Durlston Castle

Beachcomber Crafts!

  • 12 February 2018 From 2pm

Beachcomber Crafts!

Children’s event. Join a Ranger for beach arts & crafts - getting creative with everything from shells, driftwood & beachcombed rubbish!

Please book., £3

At the Learning Centre

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3

photograph of dolphins

Dolphins and the Deep Blue Sea

  • 15 February 2018 From 2:30pm

Dolphins & the Deep Blue Sea Family event.

Discover the lives of the Durlston Dolphins, with games & activities.

Please book. £3

In the Learning Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£3

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

BSO

Impressions of Spring & Summer: Classical Music with the BSO Trio of Flute, Viola & Harp

  • 4 March 2018 From 7:30pm

Impressions of Spring & Summer: Classical Music with the BSO Trio of Flute, Viola & Harp. Musicians Barbara Brown (flute), Tom Beer (viola) & Eluned Pierce (harp) present music including Beethoven, Debussy, Handel & Bizet in a spring concert
arranged by Artsreach, the county’s touring arts charity.

Booking advised. £10/£6

In the Fine Foundation Gallery

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Booking Recommended £6

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Durlston Castle

Durlston Dash

  • 17 March 2018

Durlston Dash

Enjoy a 2.5K challenging fun-run through Durlston!
All participants receive a medal.

8-13 year olds, refreshments provided.

Please book. £2 suggested donation

Meet at the Learning Centre: 8.30-8.45am Registration; 9am: Race start

Admission

£2 donation

Durlston Country Park

Easter Trail

  • 30 March — 15 April 2018

Easter Trail

An exciting Easter trail around the park with a delicious prize
to be won!

Register beforehand at the

Daily 10.30am – 3.30pm £3

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£3

Durlston Castle

Bottle Rockets

  • 5 April 2018 From 2:30pm

Bring along a pop bottle and have a go at building and launching your very own
rocket!

Please book.

£3

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3

Durlston Castle

Drop in Willow Weaving

  • 7 April 2018 11am-3pm

Drop-in Willow Weaving
Try willow crafting for beginners with drop-in sessions. Variety of makes from 50p

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Durlston Path

Mindfulness Walk

  • 8 April 2018 From 11am

Join 'mindful nurse' Nikki Harman for a relaxing, meditative walk through the Durlston woodland and learn some simple mindfulness techniques

Meet at the Learning Centre

Please Book, £5

Admission

Booking Essential £5

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Ted Pratt

Early Spider Orchids and Other Spring Flowers

  • 8 April 2018 From 2:30pm

Early Spider Orchids and Other Spring Flowers
Take a stroll to look for spring flowers, including orchids. £3

Meet at the Castle

£3

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£3.00.

Durlston Castle

Glorious Gardens

  • 12 April 2018 From 2:30pm

Glorious Gardens

Children’s event. Join a Ranger in our nature garden - learning about garden wildlife, making bird feeders & pond dipping!

Please book. £3 per child

Meet at the Learning Centre

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£3 per child

Durlston country Park

The Spring has Sprung! Guided Walk

  • 22 April 2018 From 2:30pm

The Spring has Sprung! Guided Walk

Take a stroll to look for spring wildlife. £3

Meet at the Castle

Admission

£3

Tilly Whim

Clifftop Tour

  • 25 April 2018 From 10:30am

Clifftop Tour
A gentle half-hour stroll along the clifftop.

Donations welcome.

Meet at Durlston Castle

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Donations Welcome

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Getting there

By car or bike: From Swanage, follow the brown tourist information signs.

On foot: From Swanage town centre, follow the South West Coast Path or Victorian Trail signs

Bike racks are located in the car park nearest Durlston Castle

Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve
Durlston Country Park NNR
Lighthouse Road
Swanage
Dorset
BH19 2JL
England

Website

www.durlston.co.uk

E-mail

info@durlston.co.uk

Telephone

01929 424443

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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